Dear Friends: Tonight’s Canto Talk will feature two special guests for an update on the Tea Party and plans for the 2013 and 2014 elections. Silvio Canto, Jr. and I will be joined by Randall Jordan of the Tea Party California Caucusand Dawn Wildman of SoCal Tax Revolt Coalition.
I did a piece at Legal Insurrection on the Tea Party California Caucus:
It seems that we citizen activists refuse to roll over and die.
If anything, we are pushing back smarter as well as harder.
Case-in-point: Some excellent news about the Tea Party forcing a state GOP to reclaim small government principles that shockingly comes from California!
It’s major good news, both politically and on the tech front as the Tea Party California Caucus (TPCC), a collection of Tea Party organizations from up and down California, announces its intent to be present at the California Republican Party (CRP) Convention in October as a formal caucus.
…There are four major tranches of good news in this story: the formation of a Tea Party caucus at the CRP convention, the technology that the TPCC is employing, TPCC help in becoming a voting delegate to the CRP Convention (this means you!), and TPCC help in becoming a voting member of your district/county party central committee (again, this means you!); in short: learning to actually help govern the GOP effectively toward more conservative Tea Party principles. Then exercising that governing power effectively at the state party and subordinate conventions (other states outside CA have subordinate conventions, CA does not).
One of the caucus co-founders, Randall Jordan, said he was inspired to create a Tea Party specific caucus after attending a session to elect David Miller as chairman of the state Republican party. “The other two co-founders, Lydia and Norm Thompson, and I would introduce ourselves as being from the San Luis County Republican committee and also as Tea Party members. Many, many people were either also Tea Party or shook our hands and said keep up the good work. Finally by Sunday morning we felt empowered. I approached a California Republican Party Board of Director member and flat asked him…What would it take to bring the Tea Party to the next convention.”
We will be asking Randall about what happened at the convention, and how it may impact the next election cycles. Dawn Wildman will also be chiming in about what else the Tea Party has been up to!